CANCELED: Workshop: Choosing Fabrics for Your Home

Karthika Audinet, designer

This workshop has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you can join us for another program at the museum. 

Would you like to know more about the fabrics and furnishings you use and choose for your home and daily life? Do you feel daunted by the complex terms used to describe furnishings or clothing? Are you confused when you hear about sustainable textiles?

Join textile designer and expert in furnishing fabrics, Karthika Audinet, for the knowledge and inspiration to help you make informed choices. This three-hour workshop consists of a presentation and hands-on activities that will introduce you to fabric weaves, fibers, and issues of sustainability in the textile industry. Learn to analyze and understand terms like "thread count" and "weave structures," and concepts of luxury and quality that will allow you to make informed and confident purchases for your home and body.

This will be followed by a fun group exercise of examining fabrics under magnifying lenses to analyze them. Each participant will create individual swatch cards that they can take home as a reminder of the lessons learned.

After the workshop, participants are invited to join a guided tour of the museum’s exhibition Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt for a look at how people decorated their homes more than 1,000 years ago.


10 AM: Registration and coffee
10:15 AM: Presentation and workshop
1 PM: Break
1:30 PM: Guided tour of Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt

About the Instructor

Karthika Audinet is a designer with over 25 years of international experience. She began designing luxury textiles in 1995 as director and principal designer at the iconic Indian retail store Good Earth, while setting up their textile department. Soon after, she moved to Paris to design top-notch fabrics for the esteemed French textile manufacturer Tissages de Gravigny, a post she held for five years until moving to Washington. D.C. Her fabrics were carried by world-renowned clients such as Scalamandré, Lee Jofa, and Zimmer & Rohde, to name a few. After moving to Washington, D.C. in 2005, she launched Designers and Artisans, a consultancy and fair-trade company with a focus on promoting high-end crafts through social enterprise.

Audinet actively shares her vast knowledge about textiles and has extensive teaching and lecturing experience. She currently teaches at Montgomery College and has previously taught at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, George Washington University, and the National Institute of Design master's degree programs for more than eight years.

Audinet holds master's degrees in textile design from the National Institute of Design in India and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in France.